Enhancing Advising Committee (EAC)


Mission Statement

The Enhancing Advising Committee (EAC) researches and explores opportunities to improve academic advising at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) in support of the initiatives of the Academic Services & Advising Leadership Council (ASALC), in collaboration with the Advisors Counselors Network (ACN).  The EAC also works to enhance professional development opportunities for all advisors.   

Structure & Selection of Committee

Each academic school/college, in addition to the AOC, shall have one representative to participate in the Enhancing Advising Committee.

This representative is responsible for participating on behalf of the advising office of his/her/zir school/college.

  • Each EAC representative will serve for two academic years.  Terms will be staggered with half starting one year and half starting the next in order to provide continuity.  In the first year, half of the representatives will be appointed for only one year in order to establish the pattern.
  • If the representative is unable to attend an EAC meeting, a substitute will attend the meeting in the representative’s place.
  • The representative will be responsible for reporting to the supervisor as well as their colleagues about the discussions of the EAC in order to solicit input and feedback.
  • The Assistant Dean or Supervisor will select the school/college representative for the school/college advising unit.
  • Additional representatives will include one of the ACN Co-Chairs and an ex-officio position from the Registrar’s office/Advisement Team.

Chairperson:  The chairperson for the EAC will be selected by the EAC representatives to serve for one academic year.  The chairperson of the EAC will report to the ASLC as needed and appropriate at the discretion of the ASLC

EAC Committee Members


Ebony Cobb College of Nursing efcobb@uwm.edu
Ashlie Schaffner College of Engineering & Applied Science kohla@uwm.edu 
Torry Rufer College of Health Sciences tjrufer@uwm.edu
Alejandra Lopez Lubar School of Business carreno@uwm.edu
Kate Masshardt Helen Bader School of Social Welfare masshard@uwm.edu
Rebecca L. O. Reece Peck School of the Arts rlolsen@uwm.edu
Brian Hinshaw Registrar’s Office bhinshaw@uwm.edu
Kristin Roosevelt School of Education kroosev@uwm.edu
Angie Sadowsky School of Information Studies asadowsk@uwm.edu
Tammy Taylor School of Architecture and Urban Planning ttaylor@uwm.edu
Brian Williams School of Information Studies briancw2@uwm.edu
Anne Willis College of Letters and Science willisak@uwm.edu
Christine Wolf Center for International Education/Global Studies cawolf@uwm.edu

2017 Summer Professional Development Workshops

Advising International Students:  Challenges & Best Practices

June 6, 2-4 pm in Lubar S171

Presenters: Katie Klein and Ying Hu

UWM is the most diverse campus in the UW System, and this is one of our greatest strengths. The approximately 1,500 international students on UWM’s campus add to that diversity. Through this workshop, we want to equip advisors with knowledge and tools to better serve our international student population.  We will learn from real cases, share good practices, and discuss how CIE can better inform and support the campus community.

Accessibility and Disability: Refresh your knowledge and learn about trends, technology, and some not-so-typical accommodations 

June 29, 10am-12 pm in Lubar S185

Presenters: Shannon Aylesworth, Barb Simon, and Aura Hirschmann

Did you know that there are an approximate 3,000 students at UWM with a disability? About 800 of these students are registered with the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC). This workshop delivered by your colleagues from the ARC will provide a brief refresher of accommodation options available to students at UWM, an overview of eligibility criteria, the referral process, and some atypical accommodations. Participants will have an opportunity to explore built-in Apple and Windows accessibility features and free study skills software available to all UWM students. Resources provided in this workshop may be of benefit to all students, with and without disabilities. (Recommended – bring your own laptop or tablet.)

Removing Barriers to Study Abroad: Strategic Approaches to Academic Integration

July 19, 10am-12pm in Lubar S171

Presenters: Megan Bollen, Yomarie Castellano, Sharon Gosz and Ramona Washington

It takes a village to send students on academic programs abroad. Collaboration across campus is important to ensure that misconceptions about study abroad do not keep students from pursuing this opportunity.  Presenters will cover the benefits of study abroad, barriers students face when considering education abroad, and on-campus resources available to help students overcome these obstacles.  In addition, colleagues from various campus units will share successful models their students have used to overcome barriers and the ways they have worked with the CIE Study Abroad Office to remove them. Attendees will learn how to work in tandem with the CIE Study Abroad Office to provide students the opportunity to gain new perspectives on their academic learning through studying abroad.

Career Cruising, MyPlan, and You: How you can support students’ career planning
August 1, 2-4 pm in Lubar S171
Jean Salzer and Lauren Lessace

This presentation will provide advisors with a basic understanding of the Wisconsin-mandated Academic and Career Planning process for the K-12 population and how UW-Milwaukee will be supporting incoming students with existing Academic and Career Plans. The program will include a demonstration of Career Cruising, the tool provided by the state Department of Public Instruction to all public school districts use with Academic and Career Planning.

Supportive Intervention for Students on Academic Probation: Academic Probation Workshops
August 15, 10am-12pm in Lubar S171
Presenter: Olivia Navarro

During this workshop, the audience will learn about a best practice when working with students on probation: the “Probation Workshop.” Attendees will learn about the effectiveness of this intervention and how to implement it, and they will receive a copy of the facilitation guide. The workshop facilitator will also share testimonies from students who have benefited from this intrusive, high impact practice.


Meetings: Agendas and Minutes


March 8, 2016: AgendaMinutes

February 9, 2016: AgendaMinutes

January 12, 2016: AgendaMinutes



July 15, 2015: AgendaMinutes

June 9, 2015: AgendaMinutes

May 12, 2015: AgendaMinutes

April 14, 2015: AgendaMinutes

March 10, 2015: AgendaMinutes

February 10, 2015: AgendaMinutes

January 20, 2015: AgendaMinutes

January 15, 2015: AgendaMinutes


December 9, 2014: AgendaMinutes

November 11, 2014: AgendaMinutes

October 14, 2014: AgendaMinutes

September 9, 2014: AgendaMinutes

August 20, 2014: AgendaMinutes

July 24, 2014: AgendaMinutes

June 25, 2014: AgendaMinutes

May 20, 2014: AgendaMinutes

April 15, 2014: AgendaMinutes

March 18, 2014: AgendaMinutes

February 18, 2014: AgendaMinutes

January 10, 2014: AgendaMinutes

Advising Unconference